We have arrived!
After four flights, several layovers and airport sleeping, we made it safe and sound to the ship in the early hours of last Sunday morning. Surprisingly the time passed quickly, but we have all been feeling the effects of little sleep and jet-lag. I am sure over time we will get caught up and start to feel our normal selves again. We flew Tyler Texas to Dallas Texas, then onto London (the longest flight), London to Madrid and then Madrid to Las Palmas, in the Canary Islands where we met the ship.
On arrival we were greeted at reception, given a safety briefing and had our photos taken for our Crew badges. The photos all look pretty good considering! The next day we had a tour of the ship and have been finding our way around (and getting lost occasionally) ever since. We are settling nicely into our cabin and it is starting to feel like home.
Dave started work getting ready for the new school year at the Academy. He is so excited, his staff are amazing and he has been enjoying getting to know them all.
We have managed to get off the ship most days and explore the surrounding area. The first couple of nights we took a 40 minute walk to a beach and found frozen yogurt. It was nice to stretch our legs and see some new things. I keep having to pinch myself that we are in Spain, listening to people talk around me and wishing I could speak Spanish quickly brings me back to the reality of what is happening!
On Wednesday, not long after unpacking and getting set up, we had to get ready to sail to Tenerife. A short six hour sail to test our sea legs. The sail required our cabin to be ready to head out into deeper waters. We had to put things away, lay things down, strap things and secure everything. We survived, none of us got seasick and nothing in our cabin moved!
We have been in Tenerife for a week and have had a great chance to explore a little of what is an amazing island! There is a volcano that we went to the top of over the weekend, black sandy beaches, one white sandy beach with sand shipped in from the Sahara Desert and beautiful villages nestled into the rocky mountainside along the coast.
Yesterday, the girls started their school year! They were very excited, a little nervous and eagerly anticipating what school on a ship was going to be like. Their first day was a success, with lots of new things to experience – small classes, students and teachers from all over the globe, new subjects and new friends.
Today, I am sitting in a little cafe in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Just a short walk from the port, with great coffee, wonderful food and, more importantly at the moment, fabulous internet! Which means I can get some work done, write my blog all without the frustration of slow internet on the ship. All in all life is good and we are making the most of it!